General Public License 3.0 final draft now available

  • The Free Software Foundation has released the final draft of the GNU General Public License 3.0, setting a timetable for the completed version by the end of June.

    The final draft, available from FSF's official site, is open for comments until June 29.  Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the license will be officially minted in the following days.

    GPL 3.0 adds compatibility with version 2.0 of the Apache license, and clarifies legal specifications.  This new draft comes just after Microsoft announced a no tolerance policy for free, open source software that infringes on its patents.

    The last draft version of GPL 3.0 was released in March, with most of the new features already cemented before now.

    Microsoft says that some 235 patents were infringed by Open Office, Linux, and other open-source applications, but the software giant says it has no immediate plans to litigate.